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    Trump Immigration Tag

    The lower federal courts repeatedly have had their orders and injunctions against Trump administration programs halted by the Supreme Court. In the travel cases, multiple stays were issued and when the case finally reached the Supreme Court on the merits, Trump won. This is not a matter of pro-Trump bias, but of out-of-control lower courts, particularly at the District Court level, where judges have overstepped their bounds to substitute judicial preferences for those of the executive branch in which the constitution vests matters related to entry into the country, among other things.

    Monday, the Supreme Court issued an order allowing the Trump administration's "public charge" rule to proceed, pending further appeals. The rule issued by the Department of Homeland Security would make it more difficult for immigrants to obtain immigration benefits if they are likely to use public assistance. The decision was 5-4 and split neatly down party lines.

    President Trump's administration won a significant victory at the Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon. The NYT's Adam Liptak reports:
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Trump administration to bar many Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States. The court said the administration may enforce new rules that generally forbid asylum applications from people who had traveled through another country on their way to the United States without being denied asylum in that country.

    Nationwide injunctions issued by a single federal district judge have thwarted dozens of the Trump administration's priorities. It's a rigged game, since the plaintiffs get to choose a favorable venue and can sue repeatedly. There are 94 judicial districts in the United States; the government could prevail in 93 of them but still lose if that last judge grants a nationwide injunction. The point here isn't whether the Trump administration is legally wrong sometimes. It obviously is. The point is the administration starts out with a near automatic loss at the  beginning regardless of whether or not it is right.

    President Donald Trump announced that his administration reached a "safe third country" deal with Guatemala to help relieve the pressure at the southern border. Guatemala agreed to allow migrants from El Salvador and Honduras to apply for asylum in the country instead of the U.S. border. In return, the U.S. agreed to expand a guest-worker program with Guatemala.